My first attempt at a summer knitted top was a huge success. I love the pattern. I love the fit. I love the top. I didn’t think I would like a sleeveless summer top, but I was wrong. The Thea Top by Paulastrickt was the pattern that I used.
|Size Range||S – XXL|
|Bust||30 – 48 inches|
|Design Ease||3-4 inches|
My bust measures 39 inches, so I knit a size L. That gave me 3.5 inches of ease.
|Pattern||Thea Top by Paulastrickt|
|Size||L (42.5 inches finished bust circumference)|
|Needle||3,75 mm and 3,0 mm|
|Gauge||20 STS x 26 ROWS = 4 inch|
in stockinette stitch after blocking
|Yarn||Line by Sandnes Garn|
|How much?||5 skeins (250 g)|
|Colorway||Cafe au Lait 3042|
Two Patterns in One
First, this pattern comes with instructions for two weights of yarn. I made the lighter-weight version using the recommended yarn, “LINE” by Sandnes Garn. The yarn is gorgeous! I love the drape of the cotton / viscose / linen. This pattern is worth it just for the yarn.
This pattern is well written, with clear instructions and detailed photos. This is an excellent pattern for beginners who want to stretch themselves a bit. You’ll learn how to do a provisional cast-on and a tubular bind-off, two super helpful techniques. I also appreciated the added touches of crocheting along the bind-off edges to prevent them from stretching out too much. If you don’t do this step, the armholes will grow and not hold their shape.
Limited Size Range
My only complaint is the limited size range for this pattern. I’m never thrilled about pattern designers that don’t provide more size inclusion. Both small and larger sizes are missing from this pattern.
I made zero alterations to this pattern, so I have nothing to add other than if you are lucky enough to fit in the constrained size range, it is a lovely pattern.